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Stories for June 17, 2008

The Sword in the Stone: 45th Anniversary DVD

June 17
By Beth Accomando and Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
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Follow-up With Former Meth Addict

June 17
By Joanne Faryon and Off Mic

Lisa got a job. She works for an organization called

Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

June 17
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Off Mic

June 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Preschoolers Not Ready for Kindergarten, Report Finds

June 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new RAND report finds state-run preschool centers fall short in preparing toddlers for kindergarten. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

SD Unified Debuts User-Friendly Budget Book

June 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Unified School District is introducing a new, user-friendly budget book in time for next school year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

More Haditha Charges Dismissed

June 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A military judge has dismissed all charges against a Marine officer accused of dereliction of duty in connection with the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha. KPSB reporter Alison St John has more.

Federal Judge Allows Blackwater Training Facility in Otay Mesa

June 17
By Amita Sharma and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A federal judge decided today to allow Blackwater Worldwide to continue running a Naval training facility in Otay Mesa indefinitely. City Attorney Mike Aguirre says he'll appeal the ruling. KPBS Reporter Amita Sharma has details.

Cartoonist Steve Breen on the Top Political Stories of 2007

June 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting
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We take a look through the satirical eyes of cartoonist Steve Breen as he takes on the big political stories of 2007.

Same Sex Couples Tie the Knot in San Diego County

June 17
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Dozens of same-sex couples are getting married at the San Diego County Administration building today. It is the first day the County Clerk legally performed same sex marriages, after the California Supreme Court overturned the State ban last month. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Community College Students Falling Behind, Study Finds

June 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting

A new report finds California community college students who are behind in reading and math are not getting the help they need to move forward academically. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Utilities Request Shift in Natural Gas Costs

June 17
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Rates for residential users of natural gas would increase under a proposal being considered by the California Public Utilities Commission. The PUC holds a hearing tonight in San Diego on the proposal. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Appeals Court Refuses to Stop Gay Weddings

June 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A conservative group's last legal chance to stop gay marriages before the November election appears to have failed.

Citizen Voices

June 17
By Alma Sove and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Inside Sacramento: California Budget Battle

June 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

The California budget is late... again. Why has it been nearly impossible for our lawmakers to pass a state budget on-time?

Gay Couples Rush to Get Married in California

June 17
By Lisa Leff and KPBS Public Broadcasting

County clerk offices opened their doors Tuesday to hundreds of gay and lesbian couples with appointments to secure marriage licenses and exchange vows on the first full day same-sex nuptials were legal throughout California.

SD County High School Grads Get Diplomas

June 17
By Ana Tintocalis and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Its graduation week for high schools across San Diego County. Almost seven thousand seniors in the San Diego Unified School District got their diplomas yesterday. KPBS Education Reporter Ana Tintocalis spoke to one class of grads who defied the odds.

Military Judge Dismisses Charges in Haditha Killings

June 17
KPBS Public Broadcasting

A military judge has dismissed charges against a Marine officer accused of failing to investigate the killings of 24 Iraqis.

Political Consultant Leo McElroy Discusses the Budget Deadline

June 17
By Alan Ray and KPBS Public Broadcasting

There is one thing everybody in Sacramento agrees on: once again this year, the legislature has failed to meet the June 15th deadline for passing a new budget. Even Democratic lawmakers can't agree on the date a budget will be approved. Perhaps the Fourth of July or Labor Day. One thing is certain. There will be a lot of budget bills that have a lot more than spending items. We're joined on Morning Edition by independent Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Congressman Filner Leads Rancorous Veterans Affairs Committee

June 17
By Jodi Breisler and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego Democratic Congressman Bob Filner heads the House committee that sets the agenda for veterans care. While Veterans Affairs has received over $43 billion this year alone, some critics have called into question Filner's leadership style. Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

Magical Literary History Tour

June 17
By Kathi Diamant and KPBS Commentaries
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Ten years ago I foundedthe Kafka Project at SDSU, andspent four months in Berlin researching Nazi, Gestapo and SED (East German Communist) files. I discovered many treasures andunknown facts about Franz Kafka and Dora Diamant. That first Kafka Project effort in 1998, led to amazing

KPBS Commentaries

June 17
By Kdiamant and KPBS Public Broadcasting